cheek

noun
1 part of the face
ADJECTIVE
flushed, hot, warm
cool
smooth, soft
ashen, pale, pallid
blushing, crimson, pink, red, rosy
hollow, sunken

His red-rimmed eyes and sunken cheeks betrayed his lack of sleep.

chipmunk (AmE), chubby, plump, puffy (AmE)
unshaven
bruised
tear-stained, wet

Her cheeks were wet with tears.

VERB + CHEEK
brush, caress, dab, dab at, pat, rub, stroke, touch

She dabbed at her cheeks with a handkerchief.

kiss, peck
give (sb)

She proffered her cheek to kiss.

press, rest

He rested his cheek on her shoulder.

CHEEK + VERB
blaze, blush, burn, flame, flush, grow hot, redden, warm

He felt his cheeks burning with shame.

PREPOSITION
across sb's/the cheek

She gave him a sharp slap across his cheek.

against sb's cheek

She laid her cheek against his.

down sb's cheek

A tear slid down her cheek.

in sb's cheeks

She had a healthy bloom in her cheeks.

on sb's/the cheek

He kissed her on both cheeks and got on the train.

PHRASES
bring the colour/color (back) to sb's cheeks
color floods (to) your cheeks (AmE), the colour/color rises to your cheeks, the colour/color rushes to your cheeks

Colour/Color flooded to her cheeks when she realized she was being watched.

She smiled at him and the colour/color rose to his cheeks.

a kiss on the cheek, a peck on the cheek

She gave him a peck on the cheek and said goodbye.

2 (BrE) lack of respect
ADJECTIVE
awful, barefaced, colossal

It's an awful cheek, the way he keeps asking you to lend him money.

VERB + CHEEK
have

He's got a cheek, making you wait outside his office.

PHRASES
of all the cheek!, what a cheek!

He asked you for money? Of all the cheek!


Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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